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Cycle News 2014 Issue 11 March 18 2014

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NHRA PRO STOCK SERIES DRAG RACING BY KEVIN MCKENNA PHOTOGRAPHY BY MATT POLITO W hen Steve Johnson made his NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle de- but in 1987, he did not own a truck or a trailer so he had his Kawasaki shipped from his home in Southern California to English- town, New Jersey and worked out of a packing crate for the weekend. Fast-forward nearly three decades and Johnson's passion for the sport has not di- minished and he continues to be one of the most successful rid- ers in the class. Johnson kicked off the 2014 season with a win - the seventh of his career – at the Amalie Oil NHRA Gatornationals. Johnson rode to the win over MSR Buell's Scotty Pollacheck in the final round and, in the process, broke a three-year winless drought for Suzukis in NHRA's premiere two- wheel class. "The first time I came here to Gainesville we had a box truck and we backed it up to our ho- tel room and unloaded the bike" Johnson said. "We pulled the transmission out and used the sink to wash parts. We've come a long way since then. MARCH 16, 2014 ROUND 1/GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA P92 AGELESS WONDER ENTERING HIS 28TH YEAR OF NHRA PRO STOCK COMPETITION, VETERAN STEVE JOHNSON SHOWS THAT HE STILL KNOWS HOW TO GET THE JOB DONE

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